TNA ready to resume talks with Govt.

28th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said today it was ready to resume talks with the Government in search of a lasting solution to the ethnic crisis based on power devolution within a united Sri Lanka.TNA parliamentarian M.A.Sumanthiran told a news conference that it did not have a hidden agenda and said it was strongly committed to finding a solution to the political question.“The Government is now saying it cannot hold talks with the TNA because we are representatives of the LTTE. The Government is trying to evade resolving the Tamil issue citing these false claims. We do not have any hidden agenda. We strongly believe a solution to the issue in a united country and we do not want a separate state,” he said.Mr. Sumanthiran […]

‘Sinhala colonisation a great worry for Tamils’

28th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The most urgent step necessary in Sri Lanka is to halt the Sinhala colonisation programme being implemented by the government to change the very identity of the traditional Tamil areas, Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sambanthan said on Wednesday. Addressing a press conference at the BJP headquarters here, Mr. Sambanthan said the programme was aimed at drastically changing the demography of the Tamil-dominated areas and rendering the demand for devolution of powers redundant. “If there is no intervention, the damage… will be irreversible and irreparable,” he said. Mr. Sambanthan termed fruitful his meetings over the week with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi. He said Mr. Modi underscored the need for finding a lasting political solution within a […]

Event: Issues Of Truth And Accountability – The Last Stages Of The War In Sri Lanka

28th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Marga Institute and Consortium for Humanitarian Agencies (CHA) launched the publication – “Issues of Truth and Accountability – Narrative 3 (The Last stages of the war in Sri Lanka), on the 15th of August at the BMICH. As a follow up Marga Institute is organizing a Colloquium which will be held on the 29th of August 2014 at the BMICH Committee Room D at 4.30 pm. Dr. Godfrey Gunatilleke Chairman Emeritus of the Marga Institute will be making the initial presentation which will be reviewed by a panel. Members of the Panel are: Dr. K. Vigneswaran Dr. Kumar Rupesinghe Mr. Chandra Jayaratne Professor Rajiva Wijeysinghe Madam Tamara Kunanayakam Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka For invitations please contact amar@margasrilanka.org or call on 0714203828 

Protection urged for Sri Lanka war crimes witnesses

28th August 2014 // 0 Comments

International rights groups have demanded protection for potential Sri Lankan witnesses at a UN-mandated war crimes investigation into the island’s ethnic war which ended five year ago.  Six organizations in a joint letter expressed alarm over alleged intimidation, threats and reprisals against those likely to engage investigators probing the bloody finale to Sri Lanka’s Tamil separatists war. The letter published on the website of the Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists urged “meaningful steps” to protect those who cooperated with the war crimes probe which was approved by the UN Human Rights Council in March. “Human rights defenders in Sri Lanka face widespread intimidation,” the letter said adding that it could intensify ahead of the presentation of an update on the investigation at the council’s September […]

What happened to 16,000 SriLankans?

28th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The International Committee of the Red Cross(ICRC) says in Sri Lanka, the fate and whereabouts of more than 16,000 people remain unknown In the run-up to the International Day of the Disappeared, 30 August, ICRC is calling on the international community to show greater awareness of the tragedy of people who have gone missing and the plight of their families. Hundreds of thousands of people in all parts of the world have disappeared as a consequence of armed conflict, natural disaster or migration. The ICRC noted that each person who vanishes leaves behind a large number of people – the family in particular – suffering the anguish of not knowing what happened. “When people disappear, there are two kinds of victims: the individuals who have […]

Rajapaksa Security; Lankan Insecurity

28th August 2014 // 0 Comments

y Tisaranee Gunasekara Terrorists resemble one another: state terrorists, respectable members of government, and private terrorists, madmen acting…. in the name of various gods, whether God, Allah, or Jehovah…. How much longer will we ignore that fact that all terrorists scorn human life and feed off of one another? Eduardo Galeano (How Much Longer?)   ( August 21, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian ) Zionist ultras, the sort who decry Binyamin Netanyahu for dovish tendencies, have a new role model: Sri Lanka. Mr. Netanyahu is being urged to learn from the Lankan example of ‘resolute use of military force’ and give Hamas ‘the thrashing it deserves’ . Nakba onwards, Israel has won every war it waged. And yet the Palestinian issue remains, a ‘grindstone of conflict’ […]

Why Mahinda Went To Houston?

28th August 2014 // 0 Comments

by Upul Joseph Fernando   ( August 28, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Mahinda’s sudden visit to Houston in America has stirred the curiosity of many Sri Lankan watchers of the developing political scene. In January 2011 also Mahinda went on an unscheduled visit to Houston quite suddenly raising a whole host of speculations. To an inquisitive media the government sources at the time disclosed that the President was on a private visit to see his brother Dudley Rajapaksa who was an American citizen living in Houston. Later it transpired Mahinda had been actually visiting former American President George Bush. He had advised Mahinda when he met him in 2006 on the sidelines of UN General Assembly Sessions that year, not to trust terrorists under any […]

International experts’ advice for local panel, a foolish decision by Mahinda says Minister Champika

26th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The government’s resolution to appoint foreign experts to advice the committee probing into complaints regarding missing persons is a foolish decision, Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said. Minister Ranawaka made the observation at last night’s 360 Ada Derana TV program. He pointed out that if the Sri Lankan army forces to be blamed over this matter, sooner or later, the full responsibility would have to be taken by those who decided to do so. Minister went on saying that this was an independent decision taken by the government. “Maxwell Paranagama’s committee has been mandated to probe on this regard. After, in the first place, three foreign experts were appointed to advice this panel. Lately, two others were added to that. By any means, these resolutions were […]

13th Amendment and Mahinda

26th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rajiva Wijesinha – I had a bizarre experience recently when I had to attend what is termed Standing Committee B of Parliament, which deals with legislation. This was in connection with the Vasantha Senanayake Foundation (Incorporation) Bill which I had sponsored. The experience was rendered worse by the Minutes which I received subsequently, which bore no relation to what had actually taken place. I presume that there is some formula for reporting the meetings of these Standing Committees, but it was certainly inappropriate in this case, given that I had raised some matters which I had asked to be recorded. The Minutes state that I moved several amendments to the original draft of the Bill I had presented. This was not the case. What happened was […]

Why did the Tamil Tigers lose in Sri Lanka?

26th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Why did the Tamil Tigers lose in Sri Lanka? Reason one for Tamil tigers lost  Tamil Tigers had to fight with 9 countries military power (India, Pakistan, Japan,China, Russia, ETC ) All these countries were providing Srilanka with military training, weapons , war planes etc etc. Sri lanka alone no way able to make tamil tigers lose. Sri lanka only good at raping the tamil girls as young as 14 years old.Reason Two : Srilankan government was using banned weapons in the war , chemical weapons ,cluster bombs etc etc. Reason three : Srilankan government f was targetting the innocent tamil civilians, goverment forces was bombing the no fire zone , civilians hospitals , schools , temple, church , etc etc. Reason four : Sri […]

Sonia Gandhi wanted Colombo to kill LTTE before finalising a political solution

26th August 2014 // 0 Comments

by Sam Rajappa Hello Friends Sam Rajappa is a veteraqn Indian journalist with vast insight and knowledge about the happenings in the Indian corridors of power. After having worked for a number of Indian and Foreign media institutions he served as director of the Statesman print journalism school after retiring from active journalism. In a recent article appearing in “The Statesman” Sam has made a very bold revelation about how and why New Delhi “Allowed” Colombo to go ahead and decimate the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) without having a political settlement finalised beforehand. This had been the cardinal principle on which India’s south block had fashioned its policy vis a vis Sri Lanka for quite a while. Yet in a blatant departure from that […]

Find a political and diplomatic solution to fishermen’s arrests: Supreme Court

26th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Only a political and diplomatic solution can end the frequent arrests of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy, the Supreme Court observed on Tuesday. A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice R.M. Lodha and Justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton Nariman made this observation while disposing of writ petitions filed by former Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MP A.K.S. Vijayan and Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha M. Thambidurai, seeking the court’s intervention. The petitioners sought a directive to the government to take steps to secure the release of fishermen from Sri Lankan jails and to prevent attacks in the sea. The Chief Justice told counsel for the petitioners: “These are matters in which the court cannot intervene. Can we ask the Sri Lankan Navy not to […]

No to special envoy: India

26th August 2014 // 0 Comments

India has turned down a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) request for the appointment of a special envoy to resolve the national question in Sri Lanka, Daliy Mirror learns. TNA leader R. Sampanthan is said to have made this request when he met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but sources close to the TNA said the Indian leader had not responded positively to this request. The TNA had reportedly said that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was insufficient as a power sharing arrangement with the Tamil speaking people in the North and East. The TNA delegation had stressed the need for the re-merger of the Northern and Eastern provinces. The TNA delegates had explained to the Indian The TNA delegates had explained to the Indian […]

TESO to protest against Mahinda Rajapaksa’s UNGA address

26th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The meet also expressed satisfaction over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s support for a political solution to the Sri Lankan Tamil issue. The Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) will hold demonstration in Chennai on September 3 urging the United Nations not to allow Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to address its General Assembly on September 25. A resolution adopted in the meeting of the TESO chaired by DMK president M. Karunanidhi said Mr. Rajapaksa had refused to allow the UN team seeking to investigate Sri Lanka’s human rights record. “Since he denied entry to the UN team, neither Mr Rajapaksa nor any representative from Sri Lanka be allowed to address the UN General Assembly,” the resolution said. Recalling India’s vote against allowing UN team to conduct […]

Sri Lanka’s Secrets! How Rajapaksa gets away with murder Book Launch

26th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s Secrets” is published by Monash University Publishing with a foreword by eminent human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC. Grant said that the motivation to write this book came out of life stories that he kept hearing from Tamil asylum-seekers in Australia. “I work closely with these people as a convenor with the Tamil Refugee Council, helping torture victims, presenting the Tamil Manifest show on Melbourne radio 3CR and driving a van to deliver clothing, food and furniture to those struggling to exist under Australia’s heartless refugee policy. In my travels I heard horrendous tales about the precarious existence for Tamils in their traditional homeland, before, during and after the war,” he said. “I have been a journalist in the mainstream Australian media for […]

11 Opposition Party Offices Attacked in 24 Hours as Violence Intensifies in Uva with UPFA Candidates Transporting Goons into Province.

26th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rathindra Kuruwita Eleven election offices of the Opposition Political Parties, including four of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), were attacked on Saturday night and early yesterday in the Moneragala District. Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) said Saturday had been one of the most tense days in the recent election campaign and supporters of a leading United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) candidate were behind the attacks. “JVP offices in Obbegoda, Mariyarawa and Weliyaya, in Moneragala and Mayuragama, in Kataragama, have been attacked. Meanwhile, seven offices of other Opposition Parties have also been attacked. JVP candidate for the Moneragala District, Anura Kumara Wickremasinghe has said that a leading UPFA candidate was behind the attack,” said CaFFE Executive Director Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon. Several UPFA candidates have […]

Powerful Government Minister protects drug leader with the blessing of President.

26th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Thusitha Chamara alias “Kudu Chamara” has been arrested by the Terrorist Investigations Division today at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) while he was trying to flee the country under a fake identity. The suspect is now being held and questioned. He was arrested on 20 June for the possession of 500g of heroin and was remanded. The suspect was admitted to the Mahara hospital due to an illness while in custody from where he escaped and was in the run. By Nirmala Kannangara Following the arrest of Don Nuwan Udaya Gunathilakealias Kudu Nuwan on Wednesday (August 20) at Meetotamulla for possessing 300 gm of heroin, members of the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha (PS), whilst hailing the Colombo Crime Division (CCD) for the arrest, questioned how long the police would […]

Presidential commissions cost Rs 270M What has happened to their reports?

26th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Currently, the general public has been made to believe that special commissions of inquiry are a method used by the government to simply suppress dissent or Opposition by the people on certain matters, and as a time consuming method, when the government wants to avoid certain issues from being addressed.As the time passes, one forgets what commission was appointed to look into what particular issue. A follow-up on such commissions was hardly carried out and whether the commission submits a report to the appointing authority or whether the government or relevant authorities have adopted recommendations made by such commissions, remain a lesser known fact.  On the other hand, while many decry such commissions as merely time consuming, what most people forget is they virtually drain public […]

Government Thugs set fire to 14 election offices of the JVP

25th August 2014 // 0 Comments

A communique issued by the JVP states a band of thugs of the UPFA has set fire to 14 election offices of the JVP and pasted posters of the UPFA candidate Shasheendra Rajapaksa. The communique states: “We express our disgust and condemnation regarding the attacks carried out by the government that is at the threshold of an election defeat. During the past 48 hours 14 legally put up election offices of the JVP candidates for the Uva PC election have been attacked by thugs. The gangs of thugs that have attacked the offices have destroyed decorations and have set fire to them. The attacks by the government escalate day by day and interestingly, most of these attacks have taken place in Monaragala District.  Certain offices […]

Black money: India get Swiss banks’ data of hoarders

25th August 2014 // 0 Comments

New Delhi, August 25: Tax investigators pursuing instances of black money stashed abroad by Indians have finally been able to circumvent the Swiss secrecy code by asking over 100 such account holders to submit on their own details of personal balances in these banks, brought under the tax net recently, for lesser penal action for evasion. The tax effect in these cases could be about Rs 50-80 crore, according to sources. Faced by non-cooperation from Switzerland owing to the alpine nation’s “domestic legal barriers” and “treaty limitations”, the Finance Ministry’s probe wing under the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) confronted the people who were named in the secret list of at least two Swiss banks that was provided to them “through both official and […]

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